Rayne Kruger

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Rayne Kruger
Charles Rayne Kruger

29 January 1922
Queenstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Died21 December 2002(2002-12-21) (aged 80)
NationalitySouth African
EducationUniversity of the Witwatersrand
OccupationAuthor and property developer
Spouse(s)Nan Munro
Prue Leith
ChildrenDanny Kruger

Charles Rayne Kruger (29 January 1922 – 21 December 2002) was a South African author and property developer.

Charles Rayne Kruger was born on 29 January 1922 in Queenstown, in the Eastern Cape, the son of an unmarried 17-year-old daughter of a British Army officer.[1] As his father had disappeared, his mother married Victor Kruger, a Johannesburg estate agent.[1] He was educated at Jeppe High School and the University of the Witwatersrand.[1]

Kruger's first wife was the actress Nan Munro, a widow, 16 years older than him, with three children.[1] They later divorced, and he married the restaurateur, chef, and television presenter/broadcaster Prue Leith.[1] They had a son, the Conservative MP Danny Kruger, and adopted a Cambodian daughter, Li-Da.[1]


  • Tanker (Novel), London: Longman's Green & Co, 1952
  • The Spectacle (Crime story), London: Longman's Green & Co, 1953
  • Young Villain With Wings (Crime story), London: Longman's Green & Co, 1953
  • My Name Is Celia (Novel), London: Longman's Green & Co, 1954
  • The Even Keel (Crime story), London: Longman's Green & Co, 1955
  • Ferguson (Crime Story), London: Longman's Green & Co, 1956
  • Goodbye Dolly Gray: The Story of the Boer War. (Non fiction), London: Cassell, 1959
  • The Devil's Discus (Non fiction), London: Cassell, 1964
  • All Under Heaven: A Complete History of China. (Non fiction), Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, 2003


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Obituary: Rayne Kruger". The Daily Telegraph. 9 January 2003. Retrieved 14 December 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)